This restaurant added safety precaution details

This includes info about cleaning, sanitising, social distancing, and usage of personal protective equipment. Learn more.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar

4.6
icon/ic_reviewCreated with Sketch.
624 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
CAN$31 to CAN$50
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary French / American
Warm, cozy prohibition era decor in Victoria's 'Old Town". In 1882 Harry Johnson first published the Bartenders’ Manual/Guide for Hotels and Restaurants. He is still known today for his sagacious writings on service excellence and customer care. He bought the Little Jumbo Saloon in New York from a peer and rival named Jerry Thomas who had founded it in 1866. Because of Thomas’ pioneering work in popularizing cocktails across the United States; he is considered "the father of American mixology”. In addition to writing the seminal work on cocktails, his creativity and showmanship established the image of the bartender as a creative professional. We pay homage to these two and our Little Jumbo emphasizes the fine craft of preparing fresh local food with a focus on continental and contemporary and pairing it with fine wines and the best of classic and modern mixology. A particular emphasis is on creating exceptional customer experience, something very dear to Harry Johnson’s heart.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 624 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.6
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
Sort by
Filters
S
Shauna
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always appreciate Little Jumbo to hit the mark for a memorable dining experience.

H
Hannah
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Little Jumbo was the perfect spot for a romantic birthday dinner! They even brought out small glasses of Prosecco for my boyfriend and I to celebrate. The food and service were phenomenal! Definitely recommend the halibut. Would definitely come again for a special occasion, it’s just a little pricey!

RM
RailiM
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I have to go to Little Jumbo whenever I'm in Victoria; they are just so consistently excellent. The service, food and cocktails are always perfect.

S
Steve
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great ambiance. Make sure to book early.

SH
SarahH
London
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall4Food2Service5Ambience5

Great cocktails and service, food not quite so good as it has been in the past.

MB
MelB
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Little Jumbo is an amazing place to enjoy food and cocktails with friends.

MP
MaryP
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very tasty dishes (we shared two mains, then two desserts ). The servers were attentive and professional.

CB
CatB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love Little Jumbo! Best cocktails in town. Beautiful oysters

k
keithy
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely outstanding top to bottom. Wanted to take my friend out for a nice meal and we were both absolutely blown away Connor and his kitchen team were flawless with their timing presentation and taste, everything was exicuted perfectly. The front of house team was also awesome, our server Maddy was on top of everything making sure we had everything we needed. Matt behind the bar was also great super knowledgeable and friendly. By far best dinning experience I’ve had would recommend to any and everyone

CB
CaitlynB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and amazing drinks. Great service, will recommend.

f
foodieatheart
Las Vegas
26 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is my new favourite place for cocktails. Here it is an art form! They are tasty, inspired and also beautifully presented. While I have only had the truffle fries and cocktails, on several several occasions, I plan to return soon for the whole dining experience.

MT
MeganT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was great! Great drinks, fun atmosphere, kinda staff. Social distancing friendly.

S
Shima
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was excellent. The cocktails were spot on. We sat at the bar and the bartender was great - knowledgeable, attentive and approachable. The room is quiet and nice to be able to have a conversation. I would highly recommend.

NH
NickH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The place was amazing, food was exceptional, my only issue was that the drinks were rather expensive. Server was great and attentive, they did a wonderful job adhering to distancing practices. Overall a wonderful experience, just wish the drinks were a touch less expensive

A
Anouri
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience3

We were reminded three times that we had to leave after two hours. We were still eating and we had still half an hour before the 2 hrs were up. It was extremely rude. Another issue I had was the tip percentage on the machine. It started with 18%. We do normally give 20%. but I would at least like to have the choice. We gave them 18% tip (since 20% was not an option and the other options were unreasonable), because the bartender did a great job, otherwise we would not have.

AM
AdrienneM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely delicious. Highly recommend. Signature cocktails are a little pricey but quite delightful.

J
Jenni
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a really exceptional dining experience. The food and drinks were all delicious, the staff was courteous, friendly and very helpful! Their COVID precautions are reasonable and made me feel safe to dine! Highly recommend them :)

KM
KenM
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Never fails to disappoint. there are a lot of options downtown Victoria but there are only a couple of establishments that provide the level of consistency that Little Jumbo does.

SP
StephanP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food , great service and special attention to the protocols for COVID ! Was really impressed by everything we had for food and felt safe as well, bonus !

OT
OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service and food. I wasn’t crazy about the drink I ordered so the server exchanged it immediately without even me asking.

MN
vipMikeN
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best cocktails in the city, hands down. Food is great. Pricy though. Definitely a once in a while visit.

RS
RusselS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have never had a bad experience at Little Jumbo.

AM
AshtonMP
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Well worth the money and ask them to make you a custom mock tail if you don't drink and still want to experience one of their award winning drinks!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was so wonderful, the drinks were amazing and the food was unreal!! Definitely our new favourite place 💕

TD
TDMG
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Very tasty food. Burger was quite sweet, but still tasted great. Didn't try the cocktails or desert though. Ambiance was dim and noisy, but still quite appealing, and they've got good servers. The other's at my table also enjoyed their food. I'd like to try sitting at the bar next time.

S
Stephanie4
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The steak was cooked to perfection. Cocktails looked good but I did not try any. My husband loved their negroni.

C
Claur
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

The food was excellent but the service was only ok. Great ambiance.

CW
ClaireW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous experience. Will certainly be back and will recommend to all! Thanks again

W
Wilbrocs
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The place has a good set up but with bad lighting. The drinks are expensive and yet served in small glasses..
honestly speaking, their food ain’t the best!

RG
RuthG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a wonderful place to celebrate my boyfirend’s 30th. The staff were lovely, and helped me to arrange a surprise desert for him. Cocktails were delicious and the food was beyond our expectations! Fine dining but in a cosy atmosphere - the perfect combination.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Matt the bartender was wonderul!! Creative and lovely

JS
JasonS
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Great place, the Covid rules take a little away, But that’s life

MN
vipMikeN
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favorite spot of ours. A bit pricy, but good food and great cocktails!

JM
JamesM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Everything was delicious and staff were great - but quite pricey

KR
KateR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We chose "Little Jumbo" for an anniversary dinner mostly because lots of other restaurants were closed on Mondays. I had only been previously for cocktails so I had no idea what the food was like. I am SO GLAD those other restaurants were closed. I was completely blown away by the food. It was one of the best, if not the best, meals I've had in Victoria. The lamb tartare and the halibut were the stand-out dishes. Every single mouthful was delicious. We both tried a cocktail on their new cocktail menu and thoroughly enjoyed them. The staff was extremely helpful and welcoming. I have already recommended "Little Jumbo" for dinner to multiple people and will continue to do so!

DT
DanielleT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and experience were awesome. I did find the portion sizes smaller than before COVID but it was delicious and I felt safe going out as there was lots of room between tables.

GF
GFGirl
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambience, really delicious cocktails and fantastic service

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had an outstanding experience. The servers were very attentive but not too much so. We had the clams that came with 3 large slices of baguette and the sauce was wonderful. The lamb tartare was perfectly seasoned. We also had the warm olives which was a surprisingly large portion and the chicharron that came with a bright and fresh chimichurri. Will go back!

SS
SzymonS
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply put outstanding! The complexity and flavour has opened my eyes to a new realm of cuisine experience. Staff were hospitable and attentive to little touches of generosity and customer care. Unknown to the staff, this was a birthday celebration for my 11 year old son as the app did not ask the age of the celebrant. Upon arrival, they had Prosecco for my wife and I and without hesitation created two marvellous non-alcoholic drinks for the kids. Throughout the evening, they answered our questions, were COVID attentive and above all the food was memorable and delicious. Food that we enjoyed included, rabbit rillette, duck breast, halibut, steak frittes and the little jumbo burger. Highly recommend!

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar
Responded on July 24, 2020

Thank you SzymonS for your fulsome compliments to our team. This is very much appreciated by all of them. We aim to please and it looks like we hit the spot. We look forward to serving you in the near future.

Report
CC
CrisC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Needs air conditioning as it was quite hot. Smaller menu but good quality food and good service

FAQs

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 433-5535.

Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 624 OpenTable diners.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

Tweets by Little Jumbo Restaurant & Bar